Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Big, bold and handsome (First Impression)

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But what about smartphone enthusiasts who don't have nearly $1,000 to spend on a gadget? And that's before we get to the 256GB version which, well will be - well, we dread to think (we don't know yet). Also, the fingerprint sensor placement at the back has been changed after user complaints with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

The DCI-P3 pre-calibrated mode is better, with the phone reproducing 95.3% of that colour space, while the Default mode is more vibrant still, extending the displayed colours beyond even DCI P3. Instead of a smartphone size crisis, we saw a smartphone size boom: the rise of the phablet.

The thing about the phablets, though, was that while people liked the bigger screen, the phone body was so big it could barely fit in a cargo-short pocket.

Apple has faced mounting competition from South Korea's Samsung as well as from Chinese smartphone makers Huawei, Oppo and Vivo, which have all had years to catch up to Apple's technology.

Samsung has shown off flexible OLED prototypes for four years but foldable OLED tech has proven trickier.

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The new phones promise to shoot pictures with better colors and less distortion, particularly in low-light settings. Yes, that's right, the same folks who make the screens for Samsung's phones will be doing the same for Apple.

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The technology mixes real and virtual images on a single screen.

Apple's growth prospects in China stand to benefit from the iPhone 8's expected design, the first significant overhaul of the device since the larger-sized iPhone 6 Plus was introduced in 2014. All the swipe-based interactions have been tried by other phone companies before, with varying degrees of success.

As of June, Samsung led the premium segment with 55% share, followed by Apple at 30% and OnePlus at 9%.

Thanks to the steadily increasing average price of its iPhone line this year, the company's revenue from iPhone sales increased 3.6 per cent in the first nine months of its 2017 fiscal year, which ends this month, even though the company sold only 2.2 per cent more iPhones than it did in the year-earlier period. It's vain, I know, but in the same way that some people think your choice of auto or watch says a lot about you, your choice of gadgetry can be a personal expression as well. Traditionally, I held a phone by cradling it in my pinky and using my thumb to navigate.

As with previous year, the display is a 5.5in AMOLED unit and the resolution remains resolutely Full HD.

As Apple celebrates the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, there's at least one launch theme that circles back to Apple's first three-in-one combination of a phone, "widescreen iPod", and internet device: Skepticism regarding its price.

In terms of specifications, both the Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 are powered by a 64-bit Exynos 8895 octa-core SoC paired with 64GB of onboard storage, which is expandable using a microSD card (hybrid slot). Oddly, the race to eliminate the bezel may have outpaced the human body.

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